Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Film Festival Winners

The Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) video “Hogan Jazz Archive Photography Collection,” written and narrated by Lori Schexnayder and directed and edited by Alan Velasquez with assistance from Melissa Weber, Agnes Czeblakow, and Lynn Abbott, won two “ARLies” awards in the 2021 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Film Festival: Collections-Focused Films and Best Reflection of Diversity. The annual festival highlights promotional videos from ARL institutions in various categories, and ARL library directors and guests viewed the films during the ARL spring meeting between April 28 and April 30. This year, 20 of the 27 submissions were chosen as finalists with directors voting as judges.

Although Lori Schexnayder, Research Services Library Associate, started at TUSC in 2009, she did not work closely with the Hogan Jazz Archive Photography Collection until 2018. She quickly learned of its importance to scholars, musicians, genealogists, and researchers from a variety of disciplines. When TUSC staff and librarians created the innovative Collection Connection video series while working from home during quarantine, Lori knew exactly what collection she wanted to highlight and share with the public.

“As archivists, we want our materials to be accessible and for people to see and use them. The goal of this video was to make more people aware of the significance of this collection; you don’t have to be a music scholar or historian to appreciate it. If this video helps viewers learn something new or discover a lesser known musician or photographer, that would be really gratifying,” says Lori.

After narrowing down several thousand photographs to a selection of fifty, Lori wrote and recorded a script at home. She then shared all of the audio, music, and photos with Alan Velasquez, Unit Coordinator for Digital Scholarship & Initiatives, who has produced and edited all nine Collection Connection videos. The sheer number of images captured over a hundred years was both a gift and a challenge, but Alan produced a beautiful and fascinating overview for anyone interested in the study of New Orleans music and culture.  

Lori and Alan hope that viewers will be inspired to visit the Tulane University Digital Library to explore more of the collection after watching the video on Tulane University Libraries' YouTube channel.

picture of Lori Schexnayder and Alan Velasquez holding their two ARLies awards